West Midland branch of rugby charity welcome England heroes


The West Midlands region of the charity of British and Irish rugby – the Wooden Spoon Charity – welcomed England rugby heroes and local business leaders at an annual golf day, which raised more than £5,000.

The golf day took place at Ladbrook Park Golf Club, Tanworth-in-Arden, and funds raised from the event have been added to a scheme for a new disabled pontoon and access ramp with wheelchair access at Alvechurch Fisheries.

A total of 23 teams, including former England internationals Tim Stimpson and George Chuter, enjoyed a glorious day’s competition and barbecue at the course to raise funds for the charity, which undertakes bricks and mortar projects in support of disadvantaged children.

Chairman Phil Pemble, supported by Spoon ambassador and former England full back Tim Stimpson, said the fifth consecutive tournament at Ladbrook Park had been a resounding success.

“I’m constantly amazed by the generosity of those who support the day, particularly to our sponsors Pertemps People Development Group, who encourage their supply chain to participate and also allow me the time to organise the event,” he said.

Alvechurch Fisheries is home to Get Hooked on Fishing, a programme that targets pupils who are academically under-achieving, those with low self-esteem, who have a disability or are engaged in truancy.

“By funding an accessible area for wheelchairs we hope to create a unique facility to enable those with disabilities the opportunity to experience fishing at a venue purpose built to cater for their specific requirements,” added Phil.

The event was won by the Baldwin Marketing team who progress to represent the region in an all-expenses paid final at The Marriott Forest of Arden, Meriden in October.